Stop the Sexualization of Children


Target: The Associate Commissioner of the United States Children’s Bureau JooYeun Chang

Goal: Remove child sexualization from media and pageantry.

A call for child beauty pageantry to crack down on over-sexualization has recently been rejected by the Western Australian Attorney General. However, it isn’t too late to put these rules and regulations into effect in the United States.

One of the regulations included by the Commissioner for Children and Young People was, “If during the course of a beauty pageant a child is engaged to perform in a manner which may be considered indecent, obscene or pornographic, the child’s parent and/or employer may be prosecuted, and face a penalty of up to ten years imprisonment.” There were also proposals that mentioned the self-esteem issues in children related to ongoing exposure to child beauty pageants, as well as examining whether child pageants should be regulated and making a legal offense of the use of sexually provocative advertising. All of these were rejected by Western Australia’s Parliament and particularly Attorney-General Michael Mischin. There is no reason to write to their Parliament about an issue that has already been decided upon, so now it is time to propose these same ideas and regulations to the United States government.


Dear Ms. JoonYeun Chang,

Recently, a collection of proposals were given to Western Australian Parliament that called for stricter regulation of child sexualization in beauty pageantry, as well as the preservation of children’s well-being and self-esteem. These proposals were rejected by Parliament, but I believe that a similar amendment should be made in the United States. I hope that you will help me and others support this cause by assisting in the drafting and delivery of our own proposals to the Children’s Bureau along with the Family and Youth Services Bureau.

Among the 14 proposals assessed by Australian Parliament were suggestions for the review and research of how children are effected by sexualized media and advertising, further access to parental education, more effective cyber safety strategies in public schools, and further amendments to child pageantry. There was also a proposal to make the sexualization of children in any sort of media a felony by law. While these proposals do not need to be replicated by word, nor do all of them necessarily need to be in place, the labeling of a felony on child sexualization in the media is absolutely necessary and urgently vital in the United States.


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